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Sep 3, 2010 6:00am EDT
report. >> the ken harris murdered trout is proving tricky. white jury selection has become a real problem. >> the ravens preseason stumbles to the finish line against the rams in st. louis. we have highlights. >> will kind of weather can we expect for the holiday weekend? [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. we have some good news. >> we have great news. upper 70's and plenty of sunshine. one more hot day today. hurricane earl is a category 2 storm, 85 miles southeast of cape hatteras. they are dealing with tropical storm force conditions right now. it is moving at 18 miles per hour. like recent wind and rain later this morning and maybe early afternoon in ocean city. then clearing nicely there as well. on friday, 87 to 90, one more hot one. the wind will pick up. there is more cool ai
NBC
Sep 3, 2010 5:00am EDT
will be on hand for any necessary cleanups. the trial in the killing of ken harris continues. the judge said it probably will not be ending anytime soon. >> the jury selection is expected to take five days and the entire trial could take up to five weeks. jennifer franciotti joins us live with the latest. >> good morning. jury selection is proving difficult for a number of factors. nearly half the jury polled said five weeks would be an undue hardship. other people said they were a victim of a crime or they knew somebody who was a victim of a crime. jury selection itself is expected to take about five days. charles mcganey, gary collins, and jerome williams are all on trial, charged with murder in the shooting death of former baltimore city councilman ken harris. its stock by a lounge to use the restroom. he was ambushed as he tried to flee the scene. d need was collected from several items at the crime scene. it will be hard to find an impartial panel. >> i think it will be very difficult. take into consideration the media exposure this case already has. people have heard so much about this
NBC
Sep 15, 2010 12:00pm EDT
day of ken harris -- ken harris'murder trial. yes, we heard from the owner of the new haven lounge, keith covington, who said he heard a single shot and did not know ken harris had been shot until police arrived. the testimony is said to be a different account that his original statement. >> it is a very important discrepancy. the number of people involved, the people in -- what the people did, their location -- it is significant, and hopefully we can expose that. >> we will have the latest tonight at 5:00 p.m. carroll county detectives have made it pair of breasts. police are arrested a 22-year- old and a 19-year-old who are accused of a standing in the stairwell of an apartment. the victim was rushed to the hospital where he died. investigators need help finding this man. he walked into a bank of america and rice to wrote. he handed the teller a road, demanding -- a note, and demanding money. if you ever information, you are asked to call crime stoppers. who washes their hands more often? the answer is coming up. also, an emotional reunion for american hikers and her family. deta
NBC
Sep 3, 2010 5:30am EDT
men accused of killing ken harris. >> jury selection could take five days and the entire trial could take five days. jennifer franciotti joins us with the very latest. >> this is not happy news to the potential jurors. there were gasps indecorum when the judge said there were there to hear the potential ken harris murder case. this trial could take up to five weeks. potential jurors filled nearly every seat in the courtroom. this involves the murder of ken harris. and the length of time the trial could take. >> i think it will be very difficult. a lot of people are not going to want to sit on it. they may have heard so much about it that they are going to be excluded because they have already formed an opinion. >> charles mcganey, gary collins, and jerome williams are charged with murder in the death of ken harris. he stopped by a lounge to use a restroom. he was ambushed. one of the suspects shot harris in the back as he tried to leave the scene. the attorney for gary collins said dna can be a big issue. >> our unknown individuals involved in the dna samples concerning my client. it
FOX
Sep 13, 2010 5:30am EDT
. the murder trial or three men accused of gunning down former city councilman ken harris begins todayy -o be heard this morniiggxpected megan gilliland is live from the wiih the latest on the ttial that many are saaing coold last more than a month. good morning, megan. >> rrporter: good morning, ú%trrce. just getting to this day was a the trial was postponnd several -imess this morning, everything is in place to begin a trial that you said could begin more than a month. the three men accused are charles mcganey, gary collins and jerome wiiliams. police say they killed ken harris during a robbery attempp outside of a gas club in northeast baltimore nearly two years ago. part offthe holdup getting to this day was the time reviewwng the dna evidenne against thh accused en. the dna came from a mmsk found at the scene. you can see it in the surveillance venue in the pocket a judge ruled it can be used in it's evidence the family of ken harris hopps is strong enough to holdup in court. >> it just devastated the whhle family. - never really understood what a murder of -- someone being murdere
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 6:00pm EDT
city councilman ken harris. the jurors listened to the woman inside the car with terrace when he was shot. barry simms is a live at courthouse east with the details. >> monica robinson had to relive a terrifying experience telling the jury about what happened when ken harris was shot and killed. even the woman who was in the till -- in the car with former councilman ken harris cannot identify the man who pulled the trigger. she told them he was wearing a white mask with a red marks. >> the state has over 55 witnesses and even with all of those witnesses, i do not think they can sustain the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. >> the case began with monica foreman robinson. they met about five months before his murder. she describes the dramatic and devastating experience. in the early morning hours of september 20th, 2008, she remained in the car while he went inside the new haven lounge. as he left the building, robertson said she noticed the club owner being walked back in the new haven lounge and harris walking fast. someone with a mascot and a gun was screaming. harris
NBC
Sep 27, 2010 6:00pm EDT
if he was white. testimony continues today in the trial of three men accused in the murder of ken harris. he is now live outside courthouse east and has the very latest. >> not too much action today in the ken harris murder trial. only one witness called to the stand by the prosecution, a dna analyst. she showed dna evidence that the prosecution says links to the three defendants to the crime. their attorneys are disputing this. >> defense attorneys spent much of monday afternoon trying to poke holes in dna evidence that the state presented. the attorney spent more than an hour asking the state's witness a dna analyst with the baltimore city, to read explain the dna gathering process. asking questions that have the jury ruling its eyes. a plastic beast -- plastic beaker could actually tainted evidence. other attorneys questioned the data itself, wondering how accurate it was, especially in cases where more than one person's dna was discovered. the start of the third week of testimony in the ken harris murder trial centered around one witness monday. a dna analyst with baltimore city poli
NBC
Sep 2, 2010 6:00pm EDT
and baltimore city councilman ken harris. we're outside the courthouse with an update. >> prosecutors may call as many as 50 witnesses, including one who sadly had a front-row seat to the murder. >> we have somewhere around 20 witnesses for the defense. >> one of the prosecution witnesses is a woman whose identity had been concealed because she was an eyewitness to murder. she was sitting in the front seat of the car when ken harris was shot while attempting to get out of harm's way. at the start of jury selection, potential jurors filled nearly every seat of the courtroom. when the judge explained the case, whispers morphed into mumbling which buzzed through the courtroom. when he informed the group that the trial could last up to five weeks, the jurors let out a collective moan. it will be hard to find an impartial panel. >> take into consideration the media exposure. a lot of people may have known and the victim or the witnesses, or have heard so much about it because they have already formed an opinion. >> police collected dna from several items found at the crime scene did an expert will
NBC
Sep 14, 2010 5:00pm EDT
can find the increase. >> video of a former city councilman ken harris taken moments before he was murdered. they get to hear what may have been his last words. details coming out. i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble. we're worse off than we were four years ago. dangerous debt, higher taxes, not enough jobs. we need real leadership to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great. now let's get down to work. my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve t
NBC
Sep 15, 2010 6:00pm EDT
listened to testified -- listened to testimony in the death of former councilman, ken harris. >> new haven lounge workers testified today. one witness said he thought the robbery was some kind of joke. he quickly realized that he, his co-workers and his boss were in serious trouble. the new haven lounged on wrapped up his testimony quickly. they also are from 8 are manager and employee. all described the terror they felt in 2008 when the thieves robbed the jazz club. three men are charged with the robbery and also charged in the shooting and murder of a former baltimore city councilman, ken harris, who attempted to drive away. prosecutors had warned jurors at the crime occurred two years ago and people may have different recollections of what they saw and heard. the defense attorney believes there are three different crime scenes -- the car where his body was found, the entrance to the bar and inside the bar. >> the state to this point had not correct -- and not connected the crime scene of the automobile to the crimes that front of the bar to the crime scene inside the bar which gets back
FOX
Sep 3, 2010 5:00am EDT
city councillan ken harris. the crime and justice reporter tells us that this ttial could take more than a month. tww years sinne a surveillance -amera captured this footage. detectives sayythese are the images of the young men who gunned down former baltimore city councilman ken harris. ú%man's brotherrwho thought itút at this point in time. >> i thought we ad beat the >> reporttr: the three defendants in the caseeface potential jurors. >> it's not an easy process, but they're excited to et going. it's 18 a wheel. it's 18 months old. we''e all waiting for this to start. >>>reporter: it's expeeted jury selection wiil take 5 dayys the trial itself, five weeks..3 that alone eliminated half of more than the 120 potential jurors. many moaned when they learnedú how long this trial would last. but the biggest eection came when they found out the case was ken hhrris'. -hatter filled the courtroom, defendants sshwed little reaction.3 >> i think h is looking forward ú% n good spirits. ú% is exothe!! excittd to get ts started. >> reporter: family members were in court for jury se
FOX
Sep 13, 2010 5:00am EDT
councilman ken harris. we have the latest on a trial that could last mmre than a month. good morning, megan. >> reporterr good morning, patrice. just getting to this day has been a long time coming. the rial has been delayed ú%veral times mostly to review dna. the defense argued that it was obtained impropeely. in the end, tte judge ruled that that dna evidence could be used in the trial and it could play a key rolled in evidence evidencee trial continues. charles mcganey, gary collins, and jerome williams robbed nd killed harris outside of a azz club. thh dna evidence in the case came from a match found on the scene seen in the surveillaace viddo n tteepocket of one of the defendants. they say that the they are ready for the trial to begin. >> it's devastated the whole family. i never really understood what a murrer -- someone being murdered in someone's family went through. now i do. >> the jury is already seatedd3 for the case prepared foo aú trial that could take more than a month to fibbe finish. -n that time we will learn more about the dna evidence and more about the woman ins
NBC
Sep 14, 2010 6:00am EDT
. >> testimony begins in the murder trial of ken harris. that is coming up. >> the fort mchenry tunnel runs is taking place this sunday. the run right ♪ [ female announcer ] have you ever seen a glacier while sunbathing? why not? have you ever climbed a rock wall in the middle of the ocean? or tried something really wild? why not? it's all possible in the nation of why not. royal caribbean's floating nation where you're free to do anything you want. which may be nothing at all. royal caribbean international. visit royalcaribbean.com today. >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> good morning. it is all good in the weather department. los 50's right now. a little bit on the cool side but no rain. we're starting out on the cool side, but it warm up nicely this afternoon. a mix of sunshine and clouds with a high temperature near 80. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a fe
NBC
Sep 27, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. >> jurors in the ken harris murder trial said that their testimony from a dna specialist today. >> not much as far as fireworks today in the ken harris murder trial. only one witness called to the stand, a dna expert. she showed dna evidence that the prosecution says links all three defendants to the crime. their attorneys disagree. >> the start of the third week of testimony in the ken harris murder trial centered around one witness monday, a dna analyst with the baltimore police department to process the dna lab work and wrote a report concerning the dna evidence. kelly miller showed almost a dozen different results concerning latex gloves, bandannas, and the infamous mask that was found near the murder scene. miller testified that the defendant was found on the mask as well as one of the bandanas. miller also told the court that dna of two on known e-mails was found in association with the evidence that was caught recovered to in the scene. defense attorneys spent most of the afternoon trying to poke holes -- poke holes in the dna evidence. asking questions that have the jury ruling its
CBS
Sep 30, 2010 6:00pm EDT
in the murder trial of city councilman ken harris but the first day of closing arguments. prosecutors say dna on key evidence like gloves and the halloween mask allegedly used during the robbery links the three defendants to the murder scene. they remind jurors of testimony and showed surveillance video that put the defendants at the crime scene. they are all three equally responsible and they claim there locked and loaded. in august 2008 city councilman ken harris visited the haven lounge in northeast baltimore. police say he stopped by to borrow a cork screw and use the bathroom but walked in on a rob about rirks tried to get away and was shot in the back. >> i do disagree with her interpretation of some of the evidence. >> reporter: the defense attorneys compared to to the case of falcon heene. he asked jurors to not believe everything they hear. >> the decision they make is just like a brain surgeon. the decision they make will affect people's lives forever. >> reporter: each defense attorney gets the opportunity to address the jury. then the prosecution will refute the defense' statement
FOX
Sep 13, 2010 6:00am EDT
to be heard today in the murder trial of three men accused of killing former city councilmember ken harris. megan gilliland s from hemitce %-last for a prrtty lonn time. good morning, meggn. >> reporter: good morning, patricee just getting to this day has been long time coming. the trial was postponed several times mostly in part to revvew dna evidence against the accused men. -he defense had argued hat it ú%s improperry obtained, but a judge has ruled that dna can be useddin court and duuing the trial. it cculd play a key role. the three men accused of first-degree murder. charles mcganey, gary collins and jerome williams. they shot and killed ken harris outside f a jazz club nearly two years ago. the dna came rom a mask fouud a tte scene. you can see it at the surveillance viddo in the pocket of one of he three deeendants. while the tragedy has taken a heavy toll on the relatives of3 the ffrmer councilmaan they say they arr ready for this trial to begin. >> it's devastated the hole family. i never really understood what a murderrof sommone being murdered in someone's family go
NBC
Sep 1, 2010 12:00pm EDT
and the prosecution of three men charged in the murder of former baltimore city councilman ken harris has been denied. defense lawyers asked the judge to keep a security guard at the shopping center from identifying the suspect on the video. >> we don't think the witness should be able to testify about what a jury can clearly see on video. we're just asking the judge to let the jury like the video and make up their own minds. >> the judge ultimately ruled that the security guard can testify. a motion to exclude dna evidence is still being considered. baltimore police have arrested a man in connection with a 2-year- old drowning case. the men apparently had to pushing ankush gupta into the harbor after he refused to give him -- apparently admitted to pushing ankush gupta into the harbor after he refused to give them a cigarette. a man is accused of attacking a baltimore city police officer in an incident and cost him his sight in one of his eyes. he was accused of hitting the officer with a drinking glass. he was not charged with a hate crime based on race. the baltimore city police union has endorsed
NBC
Sep 10, 2010 12:00pm EDT
begin. -- ken harris could begin. they hope to have 12 jurors and two alternates seated by today. the trial could last more than a month. new court filings reveal new details and to the sexual harassment case against john leopold. attorneys for the plaintiff, a former press aide, now accused leopold using binoculars to spy on women leaving the county government building. >> he would, for example, say, "this woman is not attractive enough for this position." "i am going to get rid of her." in painting a picture of on man who has a potentially serious problem. >> leopold continues to deny the charges, pointing out that the plaintiffs complaints were dismissed as being without merit earlier this week. the republican candidate cast his vote in the last day of early voting at the annapolis senior activity senior yesterday. he and vetoed early voting during his time in office. he says it is now the lot and he encourages people to take advantage of it. baltimore city sheriff john anderson continues to rack up thousands of dollars in overtime expenses for his personal convenience. our i-
NBC
Sep 22, 2010 5:30am EDT
accused of killing ken harris. the man who identified the three men took the stand. he told the court he saw surveillance video of the suspects on line. he identified charles mcganey from a profile image. on the heels of last week's shooting at johns hopkins hospital, all hospitals are urged to have a plan if they face a similar situation. fred bealefeld announced plans to meet three times a year to enforce security protocols. >> and then we want to make sure we can invest in some kind of training, whether through the federal government or local, or every organization is speaking the same language. >> the department is still reviewing the protocols that were filed last week at hopkins. something unusual will happen on thursday. >> a case involves a felony theft. the suspect made his living as a lawyer. we're asking, where is the money? here is jayne miller. >> it has been a painful six years. he was injured in a car accident. she has had three surgeries and is not done yet. >> and now find out i need another surgery on my back because almost the same condition is happening. my legs are g
NBC
Sep 22, 2010 12:00pm EDT
's shooting. witness' testimony assume -- resume today in the ken harris murder trial. yesterday, what -- yesterday, jermaine murray testified that he identified gary collins and charles mcganey from surveillance video. he says he frequently dealt with them because of loitering. the defense argued that the testimony should be deemed inadmissible because he did not have permission to work on the day in question. attorneys also question the time stamp on that video. >> as we all know, you can change the time on the vcr. you can correct it, or try to correct it. if you do not corrected, it will not be correct on the picture. >> will have the latest on the proceedings live tonight. a preview of a new height scene investigation is next. an nbc hit joins its 12th season tonight. premier work continues. >> could move as a good food, bad mood i eat that food. >> something really unusual is that to happen tomorrow in a baltimore county court room. the case is routine. the suspect as a man who made his living as a lawyer. we will track and down to ask where the money is? here is jayne miller. >>
CBS
Sep 13, 2010 12:00pm EDT
to wjz.com. >>> opening statements are underway in the trial of the men accused of killing ken harris. he was shot outside of the new haven lounge in 2008. several weeks ago, a judge ruled dna evidence linking a man to the crime would be allowed in court. the man's lawyer says it was obtained unlawfully. two others are also charged with the murder. >> a child discovers a man and woman dead in a home and the police believe it was a case of murder suicide. the two were found dead inside the home in ellicott city. wjz learned they were involved in a custody battle of a 7, 5, and 2-year-old. they're being cared for by a relative. >>> it looks like a beautiful week in store for the area. taking a live look outside, it's a perfect september afternoon and we mean perfect. we're live with marty bass in the glorious out back and bernadette woods in the weather center. good afternoon, bernadette. >>> good afternoon, don and everyone out there. we had the clouds and fog. sunshine is returning to the region. we'll show you the radar, this is moving through yesterday and it's offshore now. it's still
NBC
Sep 1, 2010 6:00am EDT
in the prosecution of three men accused in the death of ken harris had been denied. lawyers for charles mcganey, gary collins, and jerome williams asked to keep a security guard from identify the suspects from a security camera. >> we do not believe that the witness should be able to testify about what a jury can clearly see on the video. why should he be the one that makes the determination for the jury? we want them to make up their own mind to quit the judge ruled the security guard can testify. a motion to exclude dna evidence is still being considered. >> a man has been arrested in conjunction with a drowning. wayne black admitted pushing ankush gupta into the harbor. a tip led the police to track down black. he is being charged with first- degree murder and assaults. >> bob ehrlich is raking in the cash. he has raised over $720,000 for his campaign. that is just shy of 3000 donors. that brings the war chest to $2.5 million. officials gathered in front of the statehouse to promote early voting in maryland. this is the first year. >> we have a tendency to forget that the primary is as important a
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 6:00am EDT
to begin today of three men accused of killing ken harris. a week after a jury selection, the trout is expected to take at least a month. we love more coming up tonight. another court room, a gang member will receive a new trial. dajuan marshall was convicted under the revised gain statutes for the murder of a rival gang member. he faces life plus 20 years. a new trial has been ordered after evidence that the juror looked up his criminal record online. they are confident they will secure another conviction. >> police have identified a pair of bodies found in a home over the weekend. a man and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds inside their home on bonnybridge place saturday night. one of their children discovered the bodies and asked a neighbor to call 911. investigators are looking into the theory that the deaths are as a result of a domestic incident. shots were fired saturday night on west ballston street. a teenage victim was hit. he is listed in stable condition. >> the search continues for a driver responsible for a deadly hit-and-run. a motorcycle and a cart w
NBC
Sep 15, 2010 6:00am EDT
' testimony in the ken harris murder trial. a surveillance video was watched yesterday. keith covington said he heard a single shot. he did not know harris had been shot until police arrived. he told a different account from his original statements to police. >> very important discrepancies, the number of people involved, what the people did, their location. it is significant and hopefully we can expose that. >> his testimony will resume this morning. >> a pair of arrest in a stabbing murder in hampstea two people are accused of killing another in the stairwell outside his apartment. police say he was stabbed in the chest and later died. investigators working to get to the bottom of a deadly shooting in southeast baltimore. the victim was found blocks from the county line. he died 7:00 p.m. on monday night. police have not released his name. >> the new york jets have grabbed headlines for their trash-talking ways. the nfl is investing claims of sexual harassment. ines sainz says she was uncomfortable with comments and catcalls be made inside the jets' locker room when she went to talk with q
NBC
Sep 17, 2010 6:00am EDT
of killing ken harris later today. testimony yesterday focused on dna and fingerprint evidence. the defense attorneys are casting doubt on the chain of custody of the evidence. >> we have several different crime scenes. to try to take evidence from one crime scene and relate it to other crime scene to prove the identity of the perpetrator at several crime scenes is problematic. i have problems with the way the evidence was recovered and the way it was processed. >> testimony will resume later today. >> here we york three days after the primary election and there is no declared winner in the race for city state's attorney. gregg bernstein has increased his lead over patricia jessamy by over 1300 votes. some of the supporters have begun calling on patricia jessamy to can see. >> some people are looking for some finality with this. we would hope that ms. jessamy would can see and recognize the -- would canoncede. >> lawyers continue to scrutinize the results asking for a guarantee that the verification process will be conducted in public. maryland voters stayed away from the polls in record nu
NBC
Sep 25, 2010 5:00am EDT
councilman ken harris. yesterday jurors listen to debate. barry simpson covering the trial. he has the latest from the court house. >> prosecutors are trying to show the connection. they think evidence collected in the police investigation of the baltimore city murder of ken harris and the robbery of the new haven lounge. forensics say they collected sam samples from a number of items and collected blood from skin cells and submitted pieces of evidence. he said he examined the halloween mask winds to the shooting and the robbery of the lounge testified. the mask was found near an alley where the jazz club is located. he noticed red spots on the map but was inable to determine what they were. testing revealed these were not blood spots. he also checked the nose on the back and prosecutors believe d.n.a. from jereem williams was found on the mask. >> the technician testifying now can't tell the jury where the mask came from or under what circumstances it came into possession of the police department. >> the cuffs and neck were also checked for skin cells. that coat was found in the trash can be
FOX
Sep 24, 2010 10:00pm EDT
with murdering former city council member ken harris. john rydell eports tonight. the case is ow focused on dna evidence. >> survvillance video shows say were involled in the murders of former councilman ken harris. it happened during a robbery at the new haven lounne. ú%t because none of the wwtnesses actually sawwthe suspects faces, dna evidence is considered rucial.ú foo most of today a police dna expert gave jurors a detailed lesson in how dna is lifted from evidence. prosecutors say there was no real bllod on ttat halloween mask found near the scene but thee say other dnnamount of one of the suspects was discovered inside of the mask.ú >> but the defense atttrneys spent mmch of the afternoon cross-examining the dna expert questioning how the evidence was collected and then analyzed..3 >> he technician, that is testifying now,,cannot tell the jury where the mask came from, he cannot tell the jury underú whaa circumstances it camm in to possession of the police department. in this case was packageed in one purse. there were at minimum 13, 14 itemssput in one purse. sat there for three
NBC
Sep 3, 2010 4:30am EDT
tough in the trial of those suspected of killing ken harris. i am jennifer franciotti. details are next. >> we have a pretty typical friday commute. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning.
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 5:00am EDT
down ken harris outside a northeast jazz club. 12 jurors were picked out of a pool of more than 700 people. the trial is expected to last at least a month. >> the ravens football season begins tonight. it all begins in new york when the ravens face off against the jets. the ravens broadcast team is your home for prime-time football five nights a week. on wbal-catch the show's plus. the latest schedules are on our website, wbaltv.com. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. what are your predictions for the baltimore ravens this season? e-mail your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. the august recess is now over. >> lawmakers return as the midterm campaign season is underway. kate amara is live in our washington bureau with the details. >> good morning. as lawmakers get ready to give back to work, democrats and republicans are sparring over the bush tax cuts which are set to expire at the end of this year. congress returns today with an aggressive agenda and a split focus -- tackling legislation and the economy. the economy is issue number 1. >> i want to do somethin
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 12:00pm EDT
under way in the trial of three suspects in the murder of ken harris. the suspects are accused of gunning down the former baltimore city councilman during an apparent robbery attempt. >> in their opening statement, prosecutors say they have no witnesses say they saw who did the shooting. they are relying on dna evidence and surveillance video. the three suspects are charged in the order of baltimore city councilman harris, who was shot and killed in 2008 during a robbery of the new haven lounge. during their opening statements, prosecutors say harris had a vision to help the community and called him a successful and popular politician. they said technology helped determine suspects. the defense is questioning the police investigation and dna evidence. prosecutors believe jerome williams shot harris. his lawyer says police arrested the wrong man. the difference for the other two suspects are also making opening statements. more tonight at 5:00 and 6:00. >> thank you. authorities continue their search for the driver responsible for a deadly hit and run in east baltimore. investig
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 11:00pm EDT
councilman ken harris, the woman who watched a masked gunman take his life is sharing her story. she testified of the trial acute -- the trial of the three men accused of his murder. >> the first witness to testify described a traumatic scene, writing in the car with the former baltimore city councilman when he was shot and killed, she could not identify the shooter, saying that he was wearing a white halloween mask with red marks. >> no one could identify these individuals. as i indicated in my opening, this is a high-profile case and my suspicion is that the police department had to make a quick arrest to come down the fears of the community. >> freemen are charged with the murder and robbery of the new haven lounge on september 20, 2008. during opening statements, prosecutors told the jury that no witness would say that they saw who did the shooting, but prosecutors are relying on surveillance video and dna evidence. >> robinson told the jury that she met harris five months before the shooting and that they were good friends. in the early morning hours of september 20, 2008, she r
NBC
Sep 14, 2010 5:30am EDT
wbaltv.com. >> opening statements were made in the trial of the three men accused of killing ken harris. along with the statements, the woman took the stand and told her story. charles mcganey, garry collins, and jerome williams are accused of shooting harris to death in 2008. it is reported he was trying to get away from a robbery when he pulled over to pick up a corkscrew. in the car with him was monica foreman robinson. she said she stayed in the car. she said harris was trying to get away from a gunman. the defense said she did say she heard a gun shot. for more on the case, you can visit our website wbaltv.com and click on local news. pieces of a damaged pipeline are now on the way to a lab in washington, d.c., for analysis. >> they are trying to determine what caused the mass of gas line ruptured. close to 40 homes were destroyed. four people were killed. >> gas station video of last week's gas explosion. a few of what is left. the company that owns the gas line said they will provide $100 million to help families affected by the blast. >> this has been a tremendous disaster. we w
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Sep 14, 2010 12:00pm EDT
center, where he died. testimony is expected to continue in the ken harris murder trial. yet monica robinson was reportedly with harris the night of the incident. took the stand and said harris was in a hurry when he returned to the car trying to get away from a masked gunman. robinson said she didn't recall hearing a gunshot but the defense pointed out she did say she heard a shot in an earlier recorded statement to police. >> baltimore police are trying to figure out how they ended up in a car in the 800 block of eighth avenue -- they were not sure how the car got where it was found. meanwhile, power is expected to be returned in little italy. power was knocked out early in the morning after an underground cable fire sent white smoke spewing into the air from fawn and south heights street. >> it woke me up with a big thumping. then i heard the electrical sparking. i was sleeping right upstairs. and i -- after the smoking and stuff, i saw the fire start. >> b.g.e. officials say crews are replacing a burned cable and it's resulting in a significant loss of revenue. >> ahh, it was a
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Sep 14, 2010 6:00pm EDT
ken harris. they watched the surveillance of the robbery and heard from the new haven lounge where harris was killed. covington said he heard a single shot as he was forced back inside. he told the jurors he did not know harris had been shot and killed until police arrived on the scene. >> this man walked into the bank of america on the 600 block in the pikesville. he handed the teller a note demanding money. the suspect fled on foot. if you know who this man is coming you are urged to call baltimore county police or match or a crackat stop urs866-7-lock- up. dramatic pictures. this is a car on fire near interstate 95. this was sure the before 2:00 p.m. the fight -- the driver was involved in a hit and run but later crashed. that is when the car caught fire. the driver was arrested on the scene. fortunately no one was injured. you can send as breaking news on our website, wbaltv.com, and click on ulocal. >> your insta-weather + forecast with tom tasselmyer. >> afternoon highs near the 80 degree mark and a very comfortable evening for the baltimore area. 75 degrees. on to the easter
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Sep 15, 2010 11:00pm EDT
ken harris. so far none of the witnesses who have testified have been able to pinpoint the three defendants at the scene of the crime. an attorney believes the witnesses are struggling to identify the defendants based solely on fax from the night in question. >> my problem is that these witnesses are testifying based on assumptions. based on conjecture. >> the witnesses referred to a halloween mask of a school that was used during the lot -- during a robbery. some of today's testimony contradicted the surveillance tape. >> one person was killed following a crash in hanover. hanover county police said the two cars crashed at the intersection of i-295 and had never wrote. the cause of the accident is under investigation. scary moments for some students at a high school this morning. after a body was found in the area of the school's campus. student and faculty at long beach high school were put on lockdown. police investigated the incident. the body has yet to be identified and the cause of death is still unknown. two people are recovering tonight after fire tore through their balt
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Sep 17, 2010 6:00pm EDT
and murder of former city councilman ken harris has had on her. elizabeth not only had to talk about how frightened she was when three men robbed the jazz club in september 2008. she had to explain differences in her testimony friday and past statements she made to police. the three men are charged with robbery and murder of kenneth harris, who was shot when he tried to flee. a identifying suspects has been problematic. prosecutors are relying on dna evidence and believe the robbers wore gloves to hide their fingerprints. police want to know why showers did not mention anything about the suspects having gloves on their hands. >> if we found love in your purse, would that be yours, and she said no. she never said the perpetrators had gloves, never brought that up until almost a year later. they specifically asked, and she never said anything about it. >> prosecutors believe a security officer can identify gary collins as one of the robbers. the officers claim collins has a distinct wall. >> miss showers made it very clear that she saw the person into the bar and then walk all the way arou
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Sep 21, 2010 6:00pm EDT
ken harris and the robbery of the new haven lounge. the defense questioned his special security certification and whether that allowed him to perform duties at the shopping center at the time of the robbery and murder. >> he cannot tell to the jury the truth about when he was observing mr. mcganey and mr. collins. he had no authority in 2008. none of the commission granted after the homicide allowed him to get the vacation. i have my doubts that he was even at the vacation. >> murray told them he did not carry a gun when he was not supposed to. he identified the defendants because of the encounters he had had with them. during the motions hearing, he testified he identified collins because he walks with his feet pointed out. murray did not mention that today. reporting live from downtown baltimore, barry simms, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the cause of this fire is still under investigation tonight. the fire broke out after 2:30 a.m. on northern parkway. six family members were inside the house at the time. amazingly, all survived. their 57-year-old grandmother is in the hospital. she hu
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Sep 21, 2010 11:00pm EDT
who identified the three suspects accused of killing former city councilman ken harris took the stand. jermaine worked at the shopping center where harris was shot and killed. today he told the court that he identified gary collins because of its distinctive walk. and he identified mcganey in a lineup. the defense said he was not supposed to be working at the shopping center at the time, thus making his identifications in ballet. >> what is in a name? the state board of elections is investigating allegations a baltimore county state candidates -- state senate candidates used a fake name to wende the primary last friday. david collins has more on this bizarre story. >> rebeccah nelson pak-af native american, says she has a clean spirit and maintains the state board of elections told her what to do. she says they told her to put her bacchanals and on the ballot, rather than her given name, rebecca lynn nelson. of >> you are banking on the family name to win office. >> no, i'm begging on the fact that people know my family's character. >> the complaint comes out of two points, by violati
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Sep 22, 2010 6:00pm EDT
of a former baltimore city councilman, ken harris, and the armed robbery of the lounge. the detective questioned him about securing the crime scene. the defense asked why in such a high-profile case, he only determined to handle the investigation. >> it was a complex crime scene which is a big guy maintained all along. it seems to me that the detective should have had the assistance of at least four or five other homicide detectives to process the car, the bar, the inside and outside of the bar up -- >> he was shot outside when he tried to drive away. the toyota corolla was taken away for processing. inside the bar, he watched surveillance video captured during the robbery. he also talked about what the robbers did. he then told them where to look for fingerprints and dna evidence. the defense wondered why some things were checked and others were bypassed. >> the bar was never tested in the register was never tested. i watched that video and it is clear the person who climbs over the bar actually put his left hand of the bar. clear as can be. he made the determination that should not
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Sep 23, 2010 5:30am EDT
death of ken harris. yesterday in court, the lead detective took the witness stand. he was questioned by the defense about why more detectives did not assist him in the case and he was questioned about the evidence obtained from the scene. he said the money stolen was never recovered. >> one of the nine u.s. military personnel killed in the helicopter crash in afghanistan was a graduate from the naval academy. brendan looney graduated in 2004 and was assigned to wait seal team. >> president obama is going to address the united nations. >> key will talk about the war in afghanistan. we have that story from new york story. >> this is the president's second address to the un general assembly. he talked about cutting poverty by 2015. >> just five years before our development targets come due. we must do better. >> he underscored the united states' commitment to do its part. this morning, this address comes at a critical point. last year's speech focused on repairing international relations. >> we have set a clear and focused goal. >> but president obama still faces many of the same foreig
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Sep 24, 2010 5:30am EDT
. >> here is a look ahead. >> i love you, man. >> we will have the latest on the trial of ken harris. >> a list of the richest americans. find out if stan is still on top piqua congress comes down on cold cellars. >> there is some fog out there. temperatures and the humidity is going up. >> i am not on that list at all. i never will be. now looking too bad for your friday boarding commute. there are a few incidents in carroll county. four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle class marylanders do. old gibbs canning company. today these factories are full of dot com businesses. and now my job is helping maryland create new economy jobs. training new math and science teac
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Sep 24, 2010 11:00pm EDT
in the trial of three men accused of killing ken harris. the expert testified that blood was not found on the mask at the center of the investigation. it had been said that the mask was worn by one of harris''s killers and blood found on and help police find three men. the testimony will resume on monday. the search is on for four men in and around a county who shot a woman during a home invasion last night. happen in glen burnie. detectives a man was robbed as he was entering a home. the men struggled with a woman inside who was shot in the chest. she was listed in stable condition. police believe the victims may have been targeted. >> late last night, the so- called preppie burglar was arrested by montgomery county police. you might remember 30-year-old jeremy hall from this video. he was caught on camera breaking into a home earlier this month. this video led police to him yesterday. today, police in montgomery county say they have tied hall to a similar break-in in spencer bill last month. tonight he faces a host of charges in both counties. a pair of bank robberies are under inves
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Sep 27, 2010 11:00pm EDT
from a dna expert who -- of ken harris heard testimony from a dna expert. dna from two unknown men was also found. it sparked questions from the defense about the accuracy of results. >> its self-proclaimed white brick supremacist will spend 31 years behind bars for the racially motivated beating of an elderly black fishermen. he was sentenced this morning for the august to a dozen 9 beating of the 77-year-old. that happened at fort armas said park. he said the attack would not have happened if he was white. >> a california man could spend nearly 50 years beyond bourse for the crash that killed the baltimore native. a judge found him guilty of d -- dui and hit and run. he r a red light. two other people were killed and a third was seriously injured. >> police continued to piece together exactly what happened inside a local mall today. something that led to a young man being stabbed. it happened around 11:00 inside security square mall. police are using the mall security cameras to identify a suspect. >> a subject approach a student of the trade school here at security moltke was wa
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Sep 28, 2010 5:00am EDT
evening. police say paul pardus was upset about his mother's medical condition and shot dr. cohen. the ken harris murder trial continues today. three men are accused of shooting him. a jury heard testimony from a dna expert yesterday. kelly miller told the jury dna was found from two unknown men. >> federal authorities would like to start checking social media outlets as part of a fight against terrorism. this could lead to a change in wiretap laws. it is legal for law enforcement to wiretap some through cell phone and chat rooms. the law had to stop at in cryptic messages from blackberries. the obama administration is trying to find a balance between national security needs and privacy protection. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. what do you think of the possibility of expanding wiretap laws to include social media like facebook, skype, and twitter? you can e-mail your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> bob ehrlich is accusing martin o'malley of using a state agency for political gain. there was a memo saying the economic recovery of maryland slumped in july. th
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Sep 28, 2010 6:00pm EDT
rests their case in the trial for the murder of a former councilman ken harris. they dropped the premeditated murder charge today. felony murder and second-degree murder charters will stand. closing arguments could begin as soon as thursday. anne arundel county police charged a woman. 52-year-old cynthia was arrested last night after witnesses say she was involved in an argument. police were called to the scene after 1:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon to simmons line. the victim was taken to baltimore washington medical center and is expected to survive. city police are working to identify a woman found dead in the west baltimore. the woman was found after 7:00 a.m. this morning. police say she died of a stab wound. right now, police have no suspects or motives. >> the good news after this month's deadly shooting at johns hopkins hospital. officials say the physician who was wounded in the shooting has been released and is now recovering at home. dr. cohen was delivering the news to paul about his mother's medical condition when he pulled out a gun and shot the doctor. that starte
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Sep 30, 2010 6:00pm EDT
arguments in the murder trial of three men charged with killing ken harris. >> we have been following the case and legalize to courthouse east with the latest. >> -- and we go live to the courthouse east with the latest. >> the judge dismissed one of the juror. he asked if anything had happened which would keep you from having an impartial decision? the jury said know. all three men are called equally guilty. the defense said not to convict the wrong people. this halloween mask is called the face of death. this is the last thing that kenneth harris saw in september 20th, 2008. jerome williams it should not get a free pass, the prosecution said. they believe that williams fired the shot that killed paris. the prosecutor said that the young man cased the joint and they got there to to to commit the armed robbery when the owner open to the bar to let parents leave. harris tried to flee and then said an expletive and then mentioned his wife's name. he may not have been a perfect man, a witness said, but his last thoughts of for his wife. a good friend of harris said that she saw a man wea
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Sep 2, 2010 5:30pm EDT
. ttat being the murder trillion f former baltimore city councilman ken harris.. chatter quickly filled the courtroom. for he 3 defendants in this case attorneys tell me they are looking forward to this trial getting started. >> i think they are eager to have the process start. looking forward to it. process but excited to gett% going. %ú>> it hhs been awhileeand now 18 monnhs old sooi think we are all waiting for this to start. >>repooter: all 3 defendants were well dresssd in court úoday wearing button down shirts and tiis. as they face women who could very wellmen and decide their fate. jury selection couud take 5 days. this is news at 5:30..% >>> thank you joy. the 3 discovery channel workers held hostage yesterday are back home today with their families. but the why a ggn man burst into the cable neework headquarterss6 c1 before being killed by police. john has more from silver are recovering. h employees >>reporter: one day after the harrowing ordeal that occurred in the lobby of the discovery ccannel headquarters employees were told they only haa o worr an abbreviated
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Sep 14, 2010 5:00am EDT
the only eyewitness for former city ken harris' murder it same on the first day of testimony. monica forman robbnson was inside of the car when a man wearing a halloween mask fired the fatal shot that hit harriss i was te terrified, i couldn't e what was happening. i was telling ken to drive. she heard the car shake but never heard gunshot. when he slowed down i didn't know he was shot. i just kept sayiig, go, go, go. defense attorney jerome vivins discusssd the state case, he represents jerome williams, the suspect that prosecutors believe shot harris. >> hr testimony today seems to be identical to what she says. that will be one of the things that will be brought up onú cross-examination or. >> reporter: during opening statements. case and told jurors that the three suspects, modern technology and forensic science will prove beyond a reasonaale doubt hat yarlz mcganey, garry collins, and jerome williams are responsible in harris''murder in the rob robbet the lounge that harris stopped. >> as i indicated in my openingú this is a high-profile case and my suspicion is the police garment
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Sep 14, 2010 5:30pm EDT
covington says he could not clearly identify any of the gunmen. ken harris widow also in court -útoday listening to the testimony. this is fox 45 news at 5:30. >>> thank you kathleen. police investigating after a man is shot and killed in south east baltimore. police were called to the scene at hall berth avenue and cape found a 30-year-old man shotey in the chest. he was pronounced dead at hopkins bay view. 2 people were shot in west baltimore. it happened at 9 p.m. monday at west saratoga and north sproous streett man shot and woman grazed by a bullet apparently after an argument. man was taken to theehospital wwth gunshot wounns in the chest and arm. no word on the sues pest in the hooting. >> baltimore police officer is arrested after bar fight in south west baltimore. happened in the pprking lot of club reality around 1:30 monday morning. investigators say officer refuse receipt walker got into a fight after a woman punched him in the face. walker was arrested and charged with assault and behavior that upped minds the integrity of ttis agency, men and women of the
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Sep 15, 2010 5:30pm EDT
>>> the ken harris murder trial. >> i certainly hope that they are awake and alert f they say not guilty. >> what's becoming a common theme after just three days of testimony.@ >>> the day after the maryland primary. >> because we're serious about fixing this state. >> those who won, those who lost and hose whose races are still undecided. >>> clouds moving in aad the chance for rain. when that could happen in my skywatch forecast. >>> and washing your hands, or women?e likell to do it, men >>> hello. i'm jennifer gilbert. >> and i'm jeff barnd. >>> weebegin with breakkng news out of north east baltimore. >> a suspect is in custody after an armed security guard opened fire during a robbery. it happened at a liquor store at -he lock rrven shopping plaza. >> when the special police officer engaged them, he saw the weapons, pulled out his service weapon and fired multiple shots to isable the suspect. he did not strike anybody. it's believed no one was struck. the two suspects went on out of the store. theme in the en harris murder good look at theethree suspects that dark nigh
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